We decided to visit the coast for our second full day in Belize (third day there). After looking at a lot of different places, we found that Placencia is only a 2 hour drive from where we’re staying. So if we can, this is where we will be today. I’m hoping to get there early and see if we can find a decent priced boat ride out to one of the cayes by the barrier reef. But if not, I just want to explore and swim.
Placencia is a peninsula with a lagoon and lots of coastline. (Photo above is not mine and was found on bing images.)
The Placencia Lagoon is an important breeding area for saltwater crocodiles, marine turtles and the rare and endangered manatees; there are also numerous species of birds. The lagoon has dolphins, stingrays (the lagoon is a nursery for some species of rays), mangrove forests, birding by canoe or kayak, fishing (juvenile tarpon, snook, barracuda), and extensive wetlands.
They also get whale sharks around the full moon. Maybe we’ll get lucky and see some if we can get out on a boat.
I’m hoping to see both sides, but swim on the coastal side or off an island.
We are flying into Belize City and then will drive to San Ignacio where we are staying. We have a cottage on the hotel grounds. The travel guide will take us to Tikal on Wednesday. Then we will drive to Placenia ourselves if possible. I might want to stop off in Hopkins since they have nice beaches, but it will depend on the time. There are not many roads we can actually drive on, but this looks doable.
Hopefully everything goes well and this will be our day. We’ll be heading back home Friday.